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Ancestors, Ireland and Emigration: Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy

25 March 2019, 10am - 4pm

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor, New York

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. IF YOU LIVE IN THE NEW YORK AREA WE ARE ALSO OFFERING ANOTHER TALK ON THE 26th MARCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT PLEASE VISIT:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distant-ireland-migrations-to-the-new-world-tickets-53754760937

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and gain tips and tricks for breaking down brick walls. The seminar will explore strategies for researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.The programme content covers the whole island of Ireland, not solely Ulster.

Please note that spaces are limited to 40 people.

About the speakers

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She teaches genealogy classes in various educational institutions in Northern Ireland and has spoken in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and publishing, hosting genealogy conferences and events, and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy.

What will be covered?

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family history research

This presentation provides a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research and sets the program up for the day, covering a range of topics which include: the 1922 fire and how it affects what can be found in Irish records; the importance of doing your homework on North American sources before starting your Irish research; as well as and exploring some of the major collections of records and how to access them, which will not be covered in the other presentations, such as census records and civil records of births, marriages and deaths.

  • Understanding Irish townlands and land divisions

Understanding the importance of our land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) is crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

  • Using land records: Griffith’s Valuation, tithe and estate records

Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth-century census records. We will look at Griffith’s Valuation, the first truly comprehensive survey of property in Ireland, which covers the period 1848 to 1864, as well as earlier tithe books. We will also cover the importance of landed estate papers which for some areas go back to the 1700s and even the 1600s.

  • Census substitutes and other important genealogical sources

This presentation highlights census substitutes and other lesser known sources for the early nineteenth and eighteenth century, including: Old Age Pensions search forms, the agricultural censuses of 1803, the 1796 flaxgrowers’ list, 1775 dissenter petitions, the convert rolls, the 1766 and other religious ‘census’ returns, the 1740 ‘Protestant Householders’ List and other miscellaneous material for the period which can provide invaluable information on families.

  • Records related to the different Churches in Ireland

This session will look at the records available for the main religious denominations in Ireland and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist. We will examine baptismal, marriage and burial registers and will focus on where these records are held and how to access them.

  • Using printed sources for Irish family history

Printed sources are essential for those researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. We will look at a wide range of printed sources including newspapers, street directories and Ordnance Survey Memoirs; as well as identifying how to access this material.

  • Irish Emigration

The year 1718 is seen as iconic in the story of Irish emigration to North America. While people were leaving Ireland for America before that date, it is generally recognised as the key date in what became a stream of Ulster and Irish migrants to Colonial America.  And despite the impression that the eighteenth century is the period of greatest migration from Ulster, far more emigrants left the north of Ireland in the nineteenth century.

The period 1718 to 1845 presents the researcher with challenges for finding emigrant ancestors. The dearth of available sources in Ireland and North America, the hiatus caused to migration by the Revolutionary War (1775–83), and the challenges posed in finding ancestors who left during the Famine require resourcefulness. Using a range of sources, this presentation will draw attention to clues in Irish records, which can help to identify when, and in some cases to where, an ancestors may have emigrated.

  • Q&A and solving brick walls

The presenters are from one of Ireland’s foremost genealogy research organisations and publishing houses.These sessions will help the beginner and the seasoned genealogist alike.

Cost

$50 general public and $35 for members of the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild

Tickets can purchased below. Members of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society can register for $30 by clicking the link below:

https://newyorkfamilyhistory.z2systems.com/np/clients/newyorkfamilyhistory/eventRegistration.jsp?event=431&

(Note: Lunch is not included but there are local restaurants/coffee shops in the vicinity.)

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How to Register

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. IF YOU LIVE IN THE NEW YORK AREA WE ARE ALSO OFFERING ANOTHER TALK ON THE 26th MARCH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT PLEASE VISIT:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distant-ireland-migrations-to-the-new-world-tickets-53754760937

 

 

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